Oreos . . . Broccoli . . . Oreos . . . Broccoli . . . Decisions Decisions!

Mar 6th

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day    A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”

Dentist’s Day – I love my dentist.  I really do.  I haven’t always felt that way about dentists since I was there so often when I was growing up.  You see, I was born with very weak and thin enamel, and by the time I was 2 my front teeth had to be pulled and I was humming “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” from then until they actually grew in.  Dentist’s offices were places where I faced fear, pain and suffered nightmares for days afterwards.   About 9 years ago though (gosh, has it really been that long?) I had the misfortunate to bite into an almond trail mix bar and broke off my front tooth.  Oh my, it was painful!  I went to a dentist down the street from my office and he put a temporary crown in place, but my gosh, it was AWFUL!  I really wanted a naturopathic dentist, and if possible one who didn’t use amalgam fillings.  I hit the jackpot!  There was one such dentist only about 1/2 hr from home!  He booked me in for an appointment the next day, even had his son pick me up from the ferry so I wouldn’t have to drive in to the boat that day, rather than take the bus.  He was AWESOME!  Not only does he treat his patients as naturally as possible, he didn’t cause me any pain, he matched up my tooth very well, AND he let me pay him in payments since I didn’t have dental insurance!  That just does NOT happen!  (that reminds me, I need to get in to see him soon).   I know he’s going to retire soon, and I think I need to make sure to get all my work in as soon as possible.  The day he stops working on teeth is a day I will likely shed a few tears.

Whether you love your dentist, or don’t like him, he/she does play a very important role in your life – he/she keeps your teeth strong and healthy and this is something to be very grateful about!  I’m not sure what the statistics are, but fear of going to the dentist is ranked WAY up on the fear list – there’s no need though.  Shop around, don’t settle for someone just because of their degree on their wall.  Find one who treats you with gentleness and respect, and with whom you are completely comfortable.  It’s worth the time and effort to find a great one – and it’ll pay off in dental visits that aren’t painful or fearful!

Oreo Cookie Day –  What’s not to love about the Oreo cookie?  Most of us have grown up with Oreo cookies. There are probably pictures of many of us with chocolaty remnants smeared across our faces.  There’s even an ongoing argument over the best way to eat them – whether keeping them whole and dunking them in milk, or twisting off one chocolate wafer and eating out the creamy middle first.  I personally prefer to twist off the end of mine.  Over the years there have been many recipes created for using them in cakes, milkshakes and other desserts.  This cookie has become a part of our culture!  Did you know that since their introduction in 1912, the Oreo has become the best selling cookie in the U.S.?  The shape and design of the Oreo didn’t change much until Nabisco began selling various versions of the cookie.  In 1975 they released Double Stuff Oreos.  Other versions that have been created and introduced to the market are:

1987 – Fudge covered Oreos
1991 – Halloween Oreos
1995 – Christmas Oreos

Honestly, I’ve only ever truly liked the original version!  There is an Oreo creation I haven’t ever tried, and I don’t know if I ever will try it because as interesting as it sounds, I sort of LIKE that my heart continues to beat and that my arteries aren’t clogged.  Apparently, there is a FRIED OREO available at some fairs, sort of like the Fried Twinkie – though we all know we won’t be getting any of THOSE any more.  Celebrate this holiday by having some Oreo’s with some milk, brush your teeth really well, then pay your dentist a visit! HAHAHA Sorry – the irony that these two holidays are celebrated on the same day makes me laugh.

Bell Pepper and Broccoli Month – Some vegetables are so important for your health that there’s a whole month dedicated to them. March is Bell Pepper and Broccoli Month. Not only do these two veggies add color to your meal, but they also add several healthy and nutritional benefits. Let’s examine the advantages of bell peppers and broccoli.

Bell Peppers

Vitamin C: Bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is essential for developing collagen and building strong gums. Vitamin C strengthens your blood vessels and gum lining. It also helps grow new tissues to heal and repair wounds.  Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system.

Vitamin A: Red bell peppers contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is important for healthy skin, vision, and immunity. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A and helps grow and repair body tissues. One cup of bell peppers provides your minimum daily value of vitamin A.

Bell peppers have been shown to prevent blood clot formation, heart attacks, strokes, and high cholesterol.

Broccoli

Vitamin C: Broccoli is also a great source of vitamin C. Weight for weight, broccoli actually contains more vitamin C than an orange—and it doesn’t contain the acidity of an orange, either!

Vitamin E: Broccoli contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps your body heal itself more effectively.

Calcium: You may think dairy products are the only good sources of calcium, but green leafy vegetables and broccoli are high on the list, too. Calcium helps strengthen your teeth and bones, eliminating your risk of tooth decay, chipping, breakage, or loss.

Folic Acid: Broccoli is high in folic acid, which is ideal for pregnant women.

Today is a good balance of humor, honoring a great person in our lives, sweet treats and nutritious, delicious health boosting veges.  Can’t get a whole lot better than that!  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.  (By the way- as much as I’d LOVE an Oreo, I believe there’s some broccoli in the fridge I’ll go for instead.

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